You almost certainly remember this from your childhood: “Now eat your [unpalatable food item]. There are children starving in [random Third World hellhole].”
The proper response, of course, is to point to the alleged food item and ask “Why don’t we send them this?”
This spirit, and I use the term loosely, still exists today:
Followed by this bit of harangue:
Every bucket dumped over the head of some self important celebrity is one less bucket of clean drinkable water when 780 MILLION people lack access to clean water and 3.4 MILLION people die each year from a water related disease.
Which, in turn, is followed by an infographic that repeats the same numbers:
If you’ve missed the meme, here’s the explanation.
Now what’ll you bet this person’s lawn is freshly watered?
Mr Gehrig, of course, is long gone, and since he doesn’t have to listen to this sort of thing anymore, he has to consider himself the luckiest man off (or under, depending on your cosmology) the face of this earth.